This series started out as a single broken wooden spoon from the artist’s daughter during the 7pm CHEER in Vancouver, BC celebrating and supporting the brave work of our first responders and front line workers. Then, her son broke another. After her son broke his second wooden spoon, she thought there must be others out there like us who are finding inspiration and hope amidst the crisis this way. Following a post on a community chat board and other social media, she began to see the stories emerge. The stories behind the broken spoons were all very personal – some expressing fear, others expressing frustration, many sharing hope, all deeply touching. Separately, each photograph portrays the raw emotions caught in the broken spoons, while holistically, the collection expresses the hope that we are stronger together. These photographs are printed with a 19th Century technique called tri- colour gum bichromate over palladium. The artist chose this process, in part, out of a sense of archival responsibility and a desire to remind future generations of the unique impacts of COVID-19. The enduring quality of the printing and the truly one-of-a-kind nature of each individual print is a deliberate arrangement of technique and subject matter. COVID-19 is now part of our history and it is important for future generations to see and feel these stories.